Clan Armstrong Centre at Gilnockie Tower
Borders Historic Route
As you venture through the south of Scotland, it’s only fitting that your first stop should present the opportunity to uncover thrilling, tumultuous borderlands history! Gilnockie Tower is a fine defensive Peel Tower which dates from the 16th century. Located on the River Esk, its home to the Clan Armstrong Centre, the ancestral home of the Armstrong Clan and is packed with fascinating clan heritage. From the upper walkway you can see as far as the English border. You can also explore the village of Langholm, or venture to the striking MacDiarmid Memorial, a huge metallic sculpture in the form of an open book located on a nearby hillside. This monument is dedicated to one of the most famous Scottish poets, Hugh MacDiarmid.